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    MCMVII Saint-Gaudens Twenty, MS67
    High Relief, Flat Edge
    Scarcer Variety

    1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim, MS67 NGC. For much of the 19th century European-influenced Neoclassicism provided the artistic style in America, including coinage. Most American coins, even those designed and produced after the Civil War, still retained strong Neoclassical influences, even though the North-South conflict provided a new pantheon of war heroes. One element of Neoclassicism that explains why it remained the current artistic style for so long is the lack of any need to change - once one understood the elements of Greek and Roman classicism there was no need to alter style since classicism was the epitome of artistic achievement.

    It was this staid sameness of design in U.S. coinage that caused Theodore Roosevelt to seek artistic help outside the Mint to change the then-current designs of coins in circulation. With only a casual acquaintance with the eminent American sculptor of the day, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Roosevelt used the office of the presidency to persuade Saint-Gaudens to undertake the redesign of American coinage. The sculptor reluctantly agreed, but eventually only changed the designs of the ten and twenty dollar gold coins. Saint-Gaudens' redesign of these two denominations broke with the traditions of Neoclassicism and he established two new icons to represent American liberty - the head of a Greek Nike with a Native American warbonnet and an idealized depiction of Liberty liberally borrowed from the Nike of Samothrace in the Louvre. One of the influences from ancient Greek coinage that both President Roosevelt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens admired were devices struck in high relief. Saint-Gaudens produced his twenty dollar gold piece in high relief, but it proved exceptionally difficult to actually turn into coined form. After four months of production only 12,367 pieces were struck and distributed.

    This magnificent Superb Gem exhibits a Flat Edge, without the Wire Rim seen on most High Relief double eagles. The Wire Rim was considered a defect at the time and Philadelphia Mint personnel devoted considerable time and energy to eliminating it. They finally succeeded late in the year, but only the coins struck after mid-December have the Flat Edge. The design elements of this delightful specimen display razor-sharp definition throughout and the vivid yellow-gold surfaces are free of mentionable distractions. Vibrant mint luster adds to the terrific eye appeal of this sought-after American classic. Census: 21 in 67 (1 in 67+, 2 in 67 ), 5 finer (11/19).
    From The HFW² Collection. (Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26F2, PCGS# 9136)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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